Northeast Center for Special Care Makes Two Presentations in Lisbon to International Brain Injury Association World Congress

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Two Northeast Center for Special Care clinicians presented at the International Brain Injury Association's (IBIA) Seventh World Congress on Brain Injury which as convened in Lisbon, Portugal, from April 9 through 12, 2008.

We're gratified our clinicians were invited to present their evidence-based studies and that our findings were so well-received by such a distinguished international gathering of professionals advancing the cause of brain injury research and rehabilitation.

Anthony Salerno, President of the Northeast Center for Special Care welcomed the return of two of the Center's gifted clinicians from their presentations at the International Brain Injury Association's (IBIA) Seventh World Congress on Brain Injury which as convened in Lisbon, Portugal, from April 9 through 12, 2008.

The IBIA World Congress is the largest international gathering of professionals working in the field of brain injury. Delegates are comprised of Neuroscientists, Physicians, Psychologists, Neuropsychologists, Therapists, Social Services professionals, Nursing professionals, Case Managers, Lawyers, Policy Makers, Advocates, and others working in the field of brain injury.

Northeast Center Program Director Gerry Brooks delivered an evidence-based oral presentation on brain injury rehabilitation and recovery entitled Unexpected Delayed Recovery after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI.)

Dr. Victor Zelek presented on the subject of EEG biofeedback entitled: QEEG Brainwave Amplitude and Coherence Values as Predictors of Cognitive Improvement to Neurofeedback After Moderate to Severe Acquired Brain Injury.

Dr. Zelek noted: "The response to our study about use of neurofeedback at Northeast Center to treat individuals with moderate to severe brain injury was quite gratifying; the questions from an audience of this caliber were very incisive."

The five day conference brought together over seven-hundred world renowned experts in the treatment of brain injury and included scientific and medical presentations by renowned clinicians John Povlishock, PhD,, David Arcineigas, MD, Nathan Zasler, MD, Barry Jordan, MD, Joseph Giacino, PhD, Steven Laureys, MD, PhD ,and Ollie Tenovuo, MD, among the many notable contributors. Based on a number of comments from the IBIA, both presentations were very well-received by conference attendees. Each year IBIA brings together the best and brightest professionals in the world of brain injury to collaborate and share their work among peers.

Mr. Salerno said: "We're gratified our clinicians were invited to present their evidence-based studies and that our findings were so well-received by such a distinguished international gathering of professionals advancing the cause of brain injury research and rehabilitation."

Northeast Center for Special Care is pleased to have presented clinical information about resulting outcomes from its innovative rehabilitation programs at this prestigious gathering of physicians and scientists.

Northeast Center for Special Care is a state-of-art rehabilitation program for individuals with traumatic brain injury, neurobehavioral disorders, spinal cord injury, and ventilator dependency. Established in 1999, it is located on a 39-acre campus in the beautiful Hudson Valley. The mission of Northeast Center for Special Care is rehabilitation, recovery and community reentry for individuals with disabilities. Since its inception, hundreds of individuals have "graduated" from its programs and have moved on to integrated settings in their communities.

Northeast Center has been honored with numerous awards including: The New York State Health Facilities Association's (NYSHFA) Clinical and Quality Services Committee 2007 Innovative Practices Award, The Advance Magazine Award for Innovative Clinical Program, The American Association for Respiratory Care Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Award for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, The Gateway Community Industries Employer of the Year award and the Mid-Hudson Employment Alliance Outstanding Employer of Individuals with Disabilities.

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